The cost of living in the Czech Republic and even Prague, its capital, is fairly low compared to other countries and major cities in Europe. Prague ranked of 97th out of 209 cities in Mercer's 2019 Cost of Living Survey, ranking well below cities such as London, Dublin and Milan.

However, as with anywhere in the world, there are bound to be things that aren't so inexpensive – in the Czech Republic, the cost of entertainment and healthcare is similar to its European neighbours rather than cheaper. 


Cost of accommodation in Czech Republic

Generally, the cost of accommodation and utilities in the Czech Republic is average compared to the rest of Europe, although the cost of accommodation is rising. Accommodation in Prague, in particular, is more in demand and therefore more expensive than in smaller towns or cities.


Cost of transport in Czech Republic

Expats should not find transport in the Czech Republic to be a major expense as both public transport and petrol are relatively inexpensive. Expats can purchase a small car for a reasonable price, although thanks to a well-developed, reliable and inexpensive public transport system, many expats (especially those living in Prague) may find this is not a necessity.

There are a variety of different passes available for the public transport system in the Czech Republic and expats can get excellent value for money if they buy a monthly pass and use public transport regularly.


Cost of schooling in Czech Republic

Public education in the Czech Republic is inexpensive but, because of the language barrier, most expats send their children to private or international schools. Unfortunately, these schools have notoriously high fees. Expat parents moving for work purposes are advised to try to negotiate with their employer for an allowance for this as part of their employment package.


Cost of food in Czech Republic

Groceries are not expensive in the Czech Republic and expats from Western Europe and the United States will find themselves spending much less money on food than they are used to. Some common grocery stores in the Czech Republic include Tesco, Billa and Albert. 


Cost of clothing in Czech Republic

Clothing is one of the few expensive items in the Czech Republic, particularly brand-name items. Expats should take advantage of the many vintage clothing stores in Prague where they might be able to find good-quality clothing at a more affordable price. 


Cost of eating out and entertainment in Czech Republic

Eating out at restaurants in the Czech Republic costs around the same as it would in the rest of Europe. Alcohol and tobacco, however, are less expensive, especially the locally brewed beer for which the country is renowned. 


Cost of living in Czech Republic chart

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for Prague in April 2020.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

 

One-bedroom apartment in the city centre

CZK 17,000 - 25,000

One-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre

CZK 14,000 - 18,000

Three-bedroom apartment in the city centre

CZK 25,000 - 40,000

Three-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre

CZK 20,000 - 30,000

Food and drink

 

Milk (1 litre)

CZK 20

Dozen eggs

CZK 44

Chicken breasts (1kg)

CZK 156 

Rice (1kg)

CZK 38

White bread (loaf)

CZK 26

Pack of cigarettes

CZK 105

Utilities

 

Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

CZK 3.50

Internet per month (ADSL)

CZK 500

Utilities (average per month for a standard household)

CZK 3,000

Eating out

 

Three-course dinner for two in mid-range restaurant

CZK 800

Big Mac Meal

CZK 145

Bottle of beer (local)

CZK 40

Cappuccino

CZK 60

Coca-Cola (330ml)

CZK 33

Transport

 

Taxi (1km)

CZK 28

City-centre bus fare

CZK 24

Petrol (per litre)

CZK 33

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